A loan of $2,000 helped to purchase raw materials and a refrigerator..


Abass's story

Abass is forty-five years old and lives in Bourj El Barajneh, in the southern suburbs of Lebanon with his wife and their three children. Abass has owned a bakery for nine years. He does “saj”and “mankoucheh”. The “saj” is the metal oven where the saj bread is baked. A saj is a traditional Lebanese cooking dome used to make Markouk (“thinned”) bread and doughy confections or Mankoucheh. A mankoucheh looks like a folded pizza, the most common toppings being zaatar (thyme), jebneh (cheese) and lahm bi ajin (minced meat). You can eat it anytime of the day, but somehow it tastes better in the morning. Abass requested a loan of $2000 from Al Majmoua in order to purchase raw materials like oil, flour, thyme, cheese, coffee, and also a refrigerator. This is the first time that Abass has requested a loan. Abass is exceptional in his work because he does it well and his products are known for their good flavor. His clients are his friends and neighbors. When he first started his business, he had few difficulties because he always wanted to open a bakery. In the future, he plans on expanding his business.



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